Butterfly House 2016

Four weeks ago yesterday Perle and I pulled into the homestead. It’s home alright. Two weeks in I had only choked up once, fighting back tears, thinking at one point Perle was gone. Other than that, nearly a piece of cake! If making it to 900 miles to Bellingham in two days with Perle in Roy to find the butterfly house without electricity, heat, water, toilet, door knobs, to name a few, is well, cake.

Roy sporting SUNFLOWER Wesley gift days before Adios! 530 Chicken Court.

1 Roy Sunflower

Gypsy cat Perle taking to the open road in Roy.

2 Perle in Roy

Delaying my moving van shipment a week and directing even more to Reno storage, Perle and I camped  in Roy 10 days outside the farm house, steps from Ruth and Carole’s musty mud porch entrance to a grandma kitchen. I was back in worn and wild.

Ruth and Carole last summer.

3 Ruth and Carole So Long

Ruth and Carole – I had to, now get to, be with them. Can’t put words to all this now, other than what a gift, privilege and pleasure. Carole and I landed on “cousins” to describe ourselves at yesterday’s Chuckanut Center plant sale. (My chosen garden/farm group/club!)

Ruth at garden gate.

4 Ruth garden gate

Loving the adventure of it all, breathing through a lot of not so easy stuff. Appreciating that adventure means in part not always knowing what is next, or what to expect. Getting to practice again and again not letting the conditions and circumstances run or rule me. Allowing myself to ease into the butterfly house with modest electricity and cold water. Toilet, shower, hot water, coming soon!

Big Picture Perspective: 530 Chicken Court 3100 sq ft, Butterfly house 247, homestead deer-fenced garden 1700+!

Room with a view.

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6 KitchenJPG

Sitting area upstair sleeping loft

7 sitting area

View from my deck

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I am in drop dead gorgeous love with Bellingham and the country around. Out the door most days, I walk and bike through a blackberry lane to Lake Padden. Three miles around through mossy ferny forest, kayak beaches, fishing pier, picnic and camp grounds.

Lake Padden trail

Lake Padden Trail 1

Some of my other activities:

Cycling further east and south out and around Samish Lake, down Old Conner Road, to Chuckanut Drive along the Puget Sound– sweet country 30 mile loop. Tuesday evening rides farm countryside to the north with the Mount Baker Bike Club.

Hiking Oyster Dome with Mount Baker Hiking Club. Lunching overlooking northern Puget Sound, several islands, the Olympic peaks in the far west.

WAKE sea kayaking club; sailing club coming soon!

Camano Island last weekend resident artists’ tour. Beach bonfire group of artists first evening; cleaning oysters locals’ personal oyster farm next day.

And, last but most certainly not least, being right back to Center for Spiritual Living (CSL) Bellingham, my spiritual home. Rev. Andrea having studied with Thich Nhat Hanh brings amazing life to Sunday service, monthly women’s group, weekly Sadna sitting group, and more. CSL fundraising event I got in on several member group dinners that will carry me through the summer into many new friendships.

Saturday evenings Contra Dances.

Local/regional energy efficiency/renewable energy Sustainable Connections Earth Day event and following week Green Drinks social.

Some California energy/utility work.

Lots of settling, stillness, observation, smiling, laughter — all NORTH of Seattle!

11 North of Seattle